Opinion

Opinion

Earthshock: Re-Re-examining Adric

Contributor Peter Ould considers the life and death of Doctor Who’s much maligned, and possibly most misunderstood, companion, Adric… I was five and he was six We rode on horses made of sticks He wore black and I wore white He would always win the fight Bang bang, he shot me down Bang bang, I…

Earthshock: Doctor Who…

…and the Fleshy Hands of Doom I was so pleased to see them return in Earthshock. I love them dearly, I really do, but let’s face it, for second-best, runner-up bad guys in Doctor Who, the Cybermen are a pretty dismal bunch. Take a look at them skulking about in cargo holds and tombs and…

The Lost Scrolls of Rassilon…

…life and death of a fanzine. A checklist of the loneliest jobs in the world. Long-distance runner (never been that convinced, but for argument’s sake – check), traffic warden, caretakers of big rural retreats and fanzine editor. Between 1993 and 2005, I was part of the modest success that was Black Scrolls as we pumped…

…And It’s Smithy on the Ball…

So the waiting is over. The speculation can cease. The wish lists can stop being drawn up. Matt Smith will be the 11th Doctor. So who is Matt Smith? A quick flick through his cv (that’s curriculum vitae meaning ‘course of life’ for those of us posh and clever enough to have studied Latin; or…

Who On Earth is… the Fourth Doctor?

Who am I? The alien wanderer… the clown with a ruthless streak… the melancholy Time Lord trying to avoid returning home? Throw in a bag of jelly babies, a robot dog, some very attractive companions and some fourth-wall breaking dialogue, and you have – in brief – the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker….

The Time Lords of Gallifrey

They existed in the background unnamed for over five years, pushing existing only as a reference – "my people." But the Time Lords’ influence on Doctor Who grew and grew until one day in April 2005 we discovered that bar the Doctor, the Time Lords and their planet Gallifrey were gone. In a new series…

Spoiler Avoider

Spoilers. They can be fun, in that exciting sort of way. Almost like watching the story for the first time. But then, what happens the real first time you see a story after you have read or seen a spoiler? For me, personally, the episode can seem old. Almost as if I had seen it…

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